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Sondes, Earl (UK, 1880 - 1996)


Creation: let.pat. 4 May 1880


Extinct: 2 Dec 1996


Family name: Milles later Milles-Lade




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent on a Fess wavy between three Escallops Sable two Cross Crosslets fitchée in saltire Or (Lade);  2nd and 3rd, Ermine a Fer-de-moulin between two Martlets in pale Sable on a Chief engrailed Azure two Marlion's Wings conjoined Or (Milles)


1st:  A Leopard's Head affrontée erased Sable bezantée charged on the neck with two Cross Crosslets fitchée in saltire Or (Lade);  2nd:  A Lion rampant Erminois holding between the paws a Fer-de-moulin Sable (Milles)


Dexter: A Griffin Argent gorged with a Marquess's Coronet Or;  Sinister:  A Bear proper gorged with a Belt Argent thereon two Crescents Buckle and Pendant Or


 Esto Quod Esse Videris



George Watson [Milles], 5th Baron Sondes later 1st Earl Sondes

1st son and heir of George John [Watson later Milles], 4th Baron Sondes, by his wife Eleanor Knatchbull, 5th dau. of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 8th Bt., by his third wife Mary Hawkins, dau. and cohrss. of Thomas Hawkins, of Nash Court, Boughton under Blean, co. Kent


2 Oct 1824


25 Jan 1859 Charlotte Stracey (d. 23 Jun 1927), 1st dau. of Sir Henry Josias Stracey, 5th Bt., by his wife Charlotte Denne, dau. and hrss. of George Denne, of The Paddock, Canterbury, co. Kent


1. Hon George Edward Milles, later 2nd Earl Sondes

2. Lieut Hon Herbert Frederick Milles (b. 2 Sep 1865; d. 21 Oct 1894)

3. Hon Lewis Arthur Milles, later 3rd Earl Sondes

4. Capt Hon Henry Arthur Milles later Milles-Lade, of Nash Court, Faversham, co. Kent (b. 24 Nov 1867; d. 30 Jul 1937), mar. 24 Apr 1912 Esther Benyon, only dau. of Col Joseph Spencer Benyon, of Islip House, Thrapston, and had issue:

1a. George Henry Milles-Lade, later 4th Earl Sondes

2a. Reginald Milles-Lade (b. 23 Aug 1916; dvp. 7 Jan 1918)

1a. Lady Angela Milles-Lade, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1942 (b. 1 Mar 1913)

2a. Lady Diana Milles-Lade, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1942 (b. 17 Feb 1919)

3a. Lady Isabel Milles-Lade, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1942 (b. 18 Oct 1920; dsp. 1990), mar. 22 Jul 1948 Edward John [Stanley], 18th Earl of Derby

1. Lady Mary Georgiana Milles (d. 10 Mar 1908), mar. 24 Jun 1884 Rev Leslie Ellis Goodwin (d. 1931), 3rd son of Rt Rev Harvey Goodwin DD, Bishop of Carlisle, and had issue

2. Lady Lily Geraldine Milles (d. 22 Feb 1914)

3. Lady Constance Grace Milles (d. 28 Feb 1941), mar. 1 Oct 1885 Lt Col Francis William George Gore, of Courtyrala, Cardiff, and Llanwern, co. Monmouth (b. 22 Jun 1855; d. 17 Jul 1938), only son of Rev George Gore, of Newton St Loe, co. Somerset, and had issue

4. Lady Violet Elizabeth Milles (d. 19...), mar. 8 Apr 1916 Brig Gen Gwyn Venables Hordern CB CMG, of Baugherst House, Ramsdell, co. Hampshire (b. 27 Jun 1870; dsp. Jul 1945), 4th son of Herbert Loveday Cooke Hordern, of Throwley House, Faversham, co. Kent


10 Sep 1894


4 May 1880 Viscount Throwley, of Throwley in the County of Kent, and Earl Sondes, of Lees Court in the County of Kent

suc. by



Cornet, Royal Horse Guards 1843, Lieut 1846 and Capt 1853-58; Lt Col, East Kent Yeomanry 1865-75; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for East Kent 1868-74; suc. his father 17 Dec 1874 as 5th Baron Sondes


George Edward [Sondes], 2nd Earl Sondes


11 May 1861


1 Oct 1907

suc. by



served in the South African War 1900-01; Major, East Kent Yeomanry


Lewis Arthur [Milles], 3rd Earl Sondes


3 Oct 1866


9 Sep 1913 Emma Beatrice Meakin (widow of James Meakin; d. 6 Jul 1935), 1st dau. of Percy Hale Wallace, of Muckamore Abbey, co. Antrim


s.p. 17 Jan 1941

suc. by



Capt, 16th Lancers; served in the South African War 1900-01


George Henry [Milles-Lade], 4th Earl Sondes


8 Feb 1914


17 Oct 1939 Pamela McDougall (d. 10 Nov 1967), 2nd dau. of Lt Col Herbert McDougall, of Cawston Manor, co. Norfolk

only child

1. Hon Henry George Herbert Milles-Lade, later 5th Earl Sondes


30 Apr 1970

suc. by



served in World War II 1939-45 as Lieut, King's Royal Rifle Corps


Henry George Herbert [Milles-Lade], 5th Earl Sondes


1 May 1940

mar. (1)

1 Jan 1968 (div. 1969) Primrose Ann Cresswell (former wife of Richard Hugh Nicholas Cresswell), dau. of Lawrence Stopford Llewellyn Cotter

mar. (2)

1976 (div. 1981) Countess Silvia-Gabrielle zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz (widow of Hugo, Altgraf zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz), dau. of Hans Otto Schied

mar. (3)

1981 (div. 1984) Sharon McCluskey

mar. (4)

1986 Phyllis Kane Schmertz


s.p. 2 Dec 1996


On the death of the 5th Earl Sondes all his peerage titles became extinct.


 First written 1 Nov 2003



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